PDMA Wilemon Award


Product Development & Management Association and David L. Wilemon Research Award; Deadline 15 Sep 2010

 ARC: Connections: ELMAR: Posting

areas: product: content


Call for Research Proposals
Submission Deadline: September 15, 2010

The Product Development & Management Association (PDMA) announces its 2010 Research Competition, which provides research grants on the topic of product development and innovation management. Proposals will be reviewed on a competitive, double-blind basis. PDMA is especially interested in research that will contribute significantly to the field of product development and/or to the practice of product development management. The topic of new product management is a very broad one. Products include both manufactured goods and services. The following are examples of research topics that fit under the umbrella of product development management:

  • Product development and innovation strategy at both the product and portfolio levels
  • The process of new product development and innovation
  • Measuring innovation or product development performance
  • Inter- and intra-organizational structures for new product development or innovation
  • Cultures which foster and impede product development
  • Behaviors that support or hinder new product performance
  • Behaviors that impact effective interdepartmental boundary management
  • Best practices for promoting collaboration among departments
  • Management of product portfolios
  • Managing new product development programs
  • Global new product development and global new product teams
  • Virtual new product development and virtual new product development teams
  • Management of open innovation strategies, including alliances, co-development and other collaborative approaches
  • Service and/or nonprofit development and innovation
  • Use of information technologies to facilitate innovation activities
  • Roles and interface management among functions, such as design and marketing

Methodologies proposed for the research should be appropriate to the stage of development of the research stream.

Evaluation Process

Proposals will be reviewed on topic importance, conceptual development, methodological rigor, originality and fit with PDMA mission. Constructive comments will be provided back to proposers for all submissions. Funding decisions are expected to be completed by November 15, 2010.

The Research Grant Awards

PDMA will grant up to 2 awards of up to $ 5,000 each to winning proposals. Research teams will receive $ 4,000 upon award announcement. The final $ 1000 will be paid upon submission of a manuscript to the Journal of Product Innovation Management for publication consideration. Submission funding expires 3 years after notification of project funding. Both awards will provide researchers with access to the PDMA membership list for survey purposes. Those who use the PDMA membership list are required to provide a summary report of findings to PDMA respondents within 9 months of fielding the survey. Recipients of PDMA grants may be asked to present the results of their research at PDMA’s International Conference, with conference and travel expenses to be paid by PDMA.

The Inaugural David L. Wilemon Research Award

Syracuse University has established with the PDMA the David L. Wilemon Research Award. David L. Wilemon is a founder of the PDMA, served as one of its first presidents, acted as an inaugural member of the Journal of Product Innovation Management Editorial Board, and has been a thought leader in innovation and new product development through his significant service, research, and teaching. Beginning in 2010, Syracuse will fund the Award for the best proposal in the PDMA Research Competition. Specifically the following will be awarded:

  • $1,250 research grant for the best research proposal based on reviewer recommendations (over and above any grant received from the Competition itself)
  • $1,000 travel funds for the proposal’s lead author to present a working paper from the funded proposal at the PDMA Research Forum the year after the Award is made.


Individuals with at least a 50% faculty appointment and Ph.D. candidates at accredited universities and colleges are eligible to submit proposals. Researchers funded in the past are not eligible to reapply until a manuscript has been submitted to JPIM for already funded research.

Submission Procedure: September 15, 2010 Deadline

Proposals should not exceed 10 double-spaced pages for the proposal body, including all figures, tables and references. A separate title page should contain complete contact information for the team. This should be followed by an abstract. The proposal body should include the following sections: Problem statement, conceptual development, methodology, expected outcomes and implications for theory and practice, proposed budget. The proposal should also include explicit identification of the sample needed to conduct the study. An explicit statement of the expected contributions to both the academic literature and industrial practice and a timetable for conducting the research should also be included. A working paper or progress report should be received by the VP of Academic Affairs (Cheryl Nakata, cnakat1@uic.edu) for PDMA within 12 months of receipt of the research grant. This working paper or progress report will be made available to PDMA members. All articles resulting from this research must acknowledge PDMA support.

The proposal should use JPIM style standards for references and use a font size of at least 11 points, 1.5 line spacing, 1 inch margins on all sides. Researcher identity should not be revealed in the proposal, as reviews are double-blind. The proposal should be sent as a Word file rather than PDF. A signed statement committing to submit at least the first manuscript resulting from the research to JPIM should be included in the submission, along with a 1-page vita for each researcher.

Proposals not following these guidelines will be returned to the authors without review.

Send To:

The Co-Chairs of the 2010 PDMA Research Competition are Tomoko Kawakami, Professor of Marketing, Kansai University, Japan, and Mark Parry, Ewing Marion Kauffman/Missouri Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership & Professor of Marketing, Bloch School, University of Missouri—Kansas City. Please submit the proposal, signed statement of commitment to submit the first manuscript to JPIM, and one-page vitas to Tomoko Kawakami at kawakami@kansai.email.ne.jp.